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12 Day Western Explorer
12 Day Western Explorer
From the heights of Zion's sandstone cliffs to the arid depths of Navajo Bryce Canyon and beyond, get ready for an adventure across the USA's western regions you won't forget. With visits to Route 66, Death Valley, the Colorado River and even the Grand Canyon, you're in for a treat with this visually stunning expedition that trails from San Francisco all the way to Las Vegas.
Tour highlights
  • Navajo guided backroads tour of Monument Valley and dinner in the valley
  • Wine and cheese ‘Sundowner’ in an area of natural beauty
  • Seek out falls, meadows and wildlife with three nights in Yosemite National Park
  • Experience the extreme landscape of Death Valley National Park
  • Zion's sandstone cliffs and towering waterfalls
  • Bryce Canyon National Park’s obscure rock spires
  • Experience the vast Grand Canyon trails
  • Grand Canyon sunrise or sunset
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    Day 1: Arrive in San Fransico
    Welcome to the ‘City by the Bay’ in sunny California. On arrival, transfer independently to your hotel and meet your guide and fellow travellers at a welcome meeting.
    Days 2-4: San Francisco-Yosemite National Park
    Depart San Francisco through California’s historic gold country, and make tracks for Yosemite. Here, everything is in gargantuan proportions, including some of North America’s tallest cliffs, waterfalls and trees. Enjoy 2 full days of exploration in Yosemite National Park, keeping your eyes peeled for varied wildlife such as deer, bobcats, marmots and if you’re lucky, bears. See the amazing Giant Sequoia trees and head to the Yosemite Valley, offering the chance to cycle, take a dip in the Merced River or wander the meadows.
    Day 5: Yosemite National Park - Death Valley National Park
    Today travel through one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on Earth, Death Valley.  Blessed with some of the most extreme and beautiful landscapes, richly tinted mudstone hills and canyons await exploration, with sand dunes and salt pans making for some exceptional photos.
    Days 6 & 7: Zion National Park
    Make your way to Zion National Park in Utah. Like an oasis rising from the desert floor, Zion's multi-coloured cliffs and spring-fed hanging gardens are spectacular. There are various hikes to choose from for all abilities. If you're feeling ambitious, enjoy the park's more challenging option and ascend 2,500 ft. to experience unbeatable panoramic views from the top of Angels Landing.
    Day 8: Zion National Park – Bryce Canyon National Park
    Say farewell to Zion National Park as you ascend to almost 8,300ft to the lofty plateaus of the Bryce Canyon National Park. Shaped as a natural amphitheatre, the park is well known for housing the sandstone spires dubbed ‘hoodoos’. There are several trails that let you access the most beautiful parts of the park, while the rim serves as a great place to settle back and photograph the setting from an elevated position.
    Day 9: Bryce Canyon National Park - Monument Valley
    After a stop at Horseshoe Bend for an amazing view of the Colorado River head to the heart of the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley. Explore the incredible array of rock formations on a guided 4x4 backroads tour. This evening enjoy a traditional meal out in the valley with the Navajo themselves.
    Days 10 & 11: Grand Canyon
    Leave Monument Valley and drive towards Grand Canyon National Park.  Stroll the meandering South Rim Trail, hike your way down the more challenging trail to Plateau Point, or simply relax at the canyon's edge and enjoy a spectacular sunset over one of the world's most incredible natural wonders. Highly recommended is a spectacular scenic flight over the canyon.
    Day 12: Grand Canyon – Route 66 – Las Vegas
    Departing the Grand Canyon travel a section of the original Route 66 before finishing your tour in Las Vegas at approximately 5pm.
    • 11 nights accommodation in hotels and lodges.
    • 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner with the Navajo in Monument Valley
    • Touring by private air-conditioned small group vehicle with free wi-fi.
    • Services of a professional Tour Leader and local guides
    • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary.
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